Ukraine members celebrate heritage

Members of the Kyiv Ukraine Temple District honor their ancestors. Such attitude was demonstrated in the cultural program they staged Saturday evening, Aug. 28, in conjunction with the dedication of the temple the next day.

The program included a "play within a concert." Some 160 members from six cities in Ukraine formed the choir; the orchestra included 34 musicians, all of whom except one is LDS. Dancers and other performers came from throughout the temple district.

Noted musicians Igor and Vesna Gruppman opened the program with the Bach Concerto for Two Violins. Brother Gruppman directs the Orchestra at Temple Square. He was born in Kyiv and lived here until his was 16. Vesna Stefanovich-Grupmann is from Yugoslavia. Both are internationally acclaimed.

They performed to the accompaniment of the orchestra whose members began rehearsals months ago.

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